Swap-bot Time: August 18, 2018 5:12 pm


Original Member
Last Online: August 13, 2018
Birthday: May 23, 1970
Country: United States
Oh wow - I've got a podcast!

About Me

Note: I take my role as swapper and hostess very seriously here, meaning I don't flake or send late. Having said that, I do NOT take this all so seriously that I feel the need to belittle or berate people who don't send me a letter or a postcard or a bag of craft stuff. I don't see the point and it's not how I operate. I'm not going to put a wall of shame on my profile to point out people who have flaked on me. That's what the rating system is for. I'm not going to check every postmark and rate someone low if the postmark date is a bit late. We're all adults and should act accordingly. And honestly, in the grand scheme of things, it's mail. IT'S JUST MAIL.Keep things in perspective and you'll be a lot happier. I guarantee it.

Updated: I'll reiterate everything I said above, but with emphasis. THIS IS JUST MAIL. Seriously. There's war and famine and disease and struggle in the world. THIS.IS.JUST.MAIL. Save the drama for the things in life that are truly worth of it.

  • Michelle
  • Mom
  • Wife
  • Prince fan
  • Pug Mom
  • Blogger
  • Bookworm
  • Genealogist
  • Trivia Buff
  • Music lover
  • Traveler
  • Francophile
  • Yoga amateur

And here's the link to my blog: Mama Bear Said So

Favorite Music

  • Prince (all-time favorite)
  • Lady Gaga
  • Michael Franti
  • George Michael
  • Sheryl Crow
  • U2
  • John Lennon
  • Bob Marley
  • Sia
  • Paramore
  • My Chemical Romance
  • Queen
  • Green Day
  • Death Cab for Cutie

Favorite Movies

  • Gone with the Wind - all-time favorite!
  • Purple Rain
  • Braveheart
  • Everything is Illuminated
  • Bram Stoker's Dracula
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
  • The Big Lebowski
  • Young Frankenstein
  • History of the World Pt. 1
  • Blazing Saddles
  • The Jerk
  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail
  • Life of Brian
  • The Hunger Games
  • SuckerPunch
  • Fight Club
  • The Fault in Our Stars
  • Midnight in Paris
  • Yes Man
  • Chocolat
  • The Wizard of Oz
  • Amelie
  • Grease
  • The Lego Movie
  • Anchorman
  • Dirty Dancing
  • La Vie En Rose
  • Fried Green Tomatoes
  • Brave
  • Inside/Out
  • Also, love most of the Disney & Pixar animated films & I love scary movies!

Favorite Television

  • Broad City (my new addiction!)
  • The Walking Dead
  • Downton Abbey
  • Weeds
  • The Strain
  • Laverne & Shirley
  • Boardwalk Empire
  • United States of Tara
  • The Tudors
  • Intervention
  • Orange is the New Black
  • American Horror Story
  • Dracula
  • The First 48
  • You're the Worst
  • It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
  • Project Runway
  • Seinfeld
  • Game of Thrones

Favorite Crafts

  • Journaling (especially Smash journals and junk journals)
  • Collage
  • Mail Art
  • Pocket Scrapbooking (like Project Life)

Favorite Books

I'm a bookworm and I always have been, so my list of favorites would be a mile long, but here are a few:

  • Gone With the Wind
  • Practical Magic
  • The Witching Hour
  • Interview With the Vampire
  • The Vampire Lestat
  • Lasher
  • Practical Magic
  • Talk Before Sleep
  • The Freedom Manifesto
  • How to Be Idle
  • How to Be Free
  • The Idle Parent
  • The Mummy, or Ramses the Damned
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • The Hobbit
  • Say When
  • Blackbird House
  • The Ice Queen
  • The Story Sisters
  • The Shining
  • The Green Mile
  • Bridget Jones' Diary
  • The Shopaholic series
  • Gerald's Game
  • Misery
  • Radical Self-Love and a million others...

My favorite authors are Anne Rice, Stephen King, Mark Twain, Oscar Wilde, Alice Hoffman, Elizabeth Berg, Gillian Flynn, John Green, Anais Nin, Dorothy Parker and Tom Hodgkinson. I love chick lit (esp. Brit chik lit), thrillers, non-fiction, true crime, horror, and literature.

Stuff I love

I'm downsizing and really don't need or have space for a lot of extra stuff, so don't feel that you have to send extra goodies with a swap. However, if you have anything related to Paris or France or Prince or foreign language or vintage ephemera - I'd be happy to have it. I'm also interested in Buddhism and paganism. Thank you!


If, for some reason, you do not receive something from me and I am one of your swap partners, PLEASE be sure to contact me and let me know. I have NEVER flaked on a swap in my life and I don't intend to start anytime soon. But if you don't get something from me and I've marked my items as "sent", let me know and I'll resend right away. Thank you :)

I am a really tolerant, easygoing person, but communication is very important. If something crazy happens, let me know and we can work something out. If I don't hear from you, I have no choice but to assume you're flaking. I don't post flakers on my profile because I prefer to handle things privately.

I'm a firm believer in everyone's right to believe as they wish, however, I don't have any wish to discuss politics or religion. I appreciate religious art and imagery and I'm interested in the study of different belief systems, but I don't need to be converted to anything. Thank you for respecting that. :)


mulkey rated for 100 book recommendations on Aug 9, 2018
Comment: The bookplates are so lovely! Thank you for a marvelous list.
Comment: Thank you so much for such a fabulous magpie journal! I really enjoyed reading it, it’s so fun to get an insight into your life! 💜💜
Comment: Thank you Michelle for my absolutely amazing magpie journal. I loved reading through the pages and had to LOL at Kings Island visit as we are super close to the park. 😊 We must love super close to one another. Yeah, for craftiness in our area!
Comment: Hi Michelle! Thanks so much for the envelope of goodies! I love the material- not sure what to use it for yet, but I WILL find a use! Hope all is well. Thanks again for sending :-)
PeliKat rated for MJS: Travel Themed Magpie Journal on Jul 8, 2018
Comment: Michelle, your travel journal is an absolute treasure! I feel so lucky to be your partner and the recipient of such a beautiful creation. I love the notes you included about the different features and could relate to so many of the thoughts you had. I especially appreciated your point that each beach is unique. I can look at shells that we collected at different beaches, some just a few miles apart, and know exactly which beach gave us which kinds of treasures. I'd love to just drive the perimeter of the US and stop at every beach to find out about them all! Thank you so much for sharing such a wonderful swap with me!!!
Comment: Thanks! These are lots of fun!!
wishfulkelly rated for MJS: Random Goodies Swap on Jun 11, 2018
Comment: splendid selection, thank you. I am inspired to go create something.
Wildchild rated for MJS: Random Goodies Swap on Jun 5, 2018
Chelle rated for MJS ~ Share your Magpie stash on Jun 4, 2018
Comment: Thanks! :)
Comment: Thank you times a thousand for your excellent magpie journal! I loved reading it, and will enjoy going through it again, taking more time to appreciate the images and your comments and thoughts. You obviously enjoyed putting it together, and please know that it will be appreciated and enjoyed. (PS - your handwriting is so even and pretty!)
Comment: It arrived last week. Thank you! I love seeing the great variations among these things. And thanks for all the super bonus-extras.
HappyMom rated for MJS: Spring Themed Magpie Journal on Apr 14, 2018
Comment: Wow! I loved going through the journal, and seeing the many wonderful things you included. You've given me some great ideas for my future magpie journals! I especially like how you included so many handwritten entries and extras for me. Thank you so much!
DaisyNY rated for MJS: This Is Me Magpie Journal on Apr 1, 2018
Comment: I feel as though I know you a bit better now. Thank you for the interesting journal & also for the puffy Kawaii stickers - I'm sure they'll come in handy some day.
ellecamino rated for MJS: Classroom Valentine Swap on Mar 15, 2018
Comment: Thanks :)
Comment: Oh my, I feel so lucky being partnered with you. What a beautiful & stunning Magpie Journal. I LOVE IT ! I am still not done looking into it, that will take some time. Thank you, dear.
Response: I'm so glad you liked it! And thank you so much for the handmade paper pad! It was so kind of you to make that for me. <3
Comment: LOVED it!! Loved that you wrote little notes throughout commenting on different things you added. I love making and receiving these journals. I love seeing all the different ways others do their journals. Thanks for a wonderful ‘read’ 😊 P.S. going to write you a letter if that’s ok 😊
Response: I'm so glad you liked it! And thank you for the letter :)
Comment: Thanks for all of the magpie goodies! It will be awesome for the next journal.
Comment: What fun goodies! Thank you so much!
Ryleighsmom rated for MJS: Classroom Valentine Swap on Feb 18, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the cute swap!

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GeeLuv on May 15, 2017:

for the awesome magpie journal swap!

lou on May 1, 2017:

Happy Birthday Month from WIYM group!

bjmonroe on Sep 23, 2016:

lou on May 16, 2016:

Happy birthday month from WIYM group!

blueapplegallery on Apr 9, 2016:

I apologize that this is late but thanks for angeling the drunken pen pal swap. :) You are an an awesome host!

Zoebolt on Feb 23, 2016:

Thank You SO much for the B*tchfest swap letter! I loved the inserts!!

Sandara333 on Feb 21, 2016:

Fell into your profile, LOVE your Anais Nin quotes!!

cutesygirlynai on Jun 19, 2015:

thank you for my birthday gifts and the baby blanket AWWW it is perfect- i am obsessed with anything circus at the moment and it reminded me of the circus!! the little lion <3 our baby is going to love it. ^_^ x

cutesygirlynai on May 23, 2015:

happy birthday to my amazing friend!!!!! big hugs!!!! <3

cutesygirlynai on May 3, 2015:

I had so much fun with the cut out scavenger! i was seriously loving going through all my magazines and books finding things to fit the themes. i ended up doing all of the themes and finding something for all of them but trust me there were some really tricky ones! but i just wanted to let you know i really enjoyed the swap, the most fun i've had in a long time :) thanks for hosting! x

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